Living in Dar es Salaam and being a beginner skateboarder is tough. Growing up skating, many of us learned through other skaters around us and watching videos. We don’t really have that opportunity here. So if you are looking to improve on your own, there is a great website that has tutorial videos from the basics of the Ollie to combo tricks on ledges. Take a look and show your support for http://www.brailleskateboarding.com.
This is the facebook page of some skaters in Dar. They usually hold Saturday skate sessions at Slipway. Check it out for times to meet up.
As of right now it looks like on flat ground. Hopefully I can get them a rail sometime soon.
Sorry everyone, but the internet connection has been really bad in the last couple of days. I will try to post more videos soon.
Until then, here is one of our students with a first time drop in from the quarter pipe.
I went by to check on the construction of the ramps. By Saturday, the launch ramp should be completed. Hopefully the manual pad/ grind box will be next and even a short flat bar. Still waiting on some supplies for the quarter pipe. Let’s try to meet up this weekend to try out our new ramps!
Getting product in Tanzania is next to impossible. Thanks to my brother and a recent shipment that took 6 months to arrive, we now have 3 completes to skate.
With the destruction of the only skatepark in Dar es Salaam, in partnership with the International School of Tanganyika, we are bringing skating back to Dar.
In Dar we have dirt and paved roads. The dirt is impossible, and the pavement is a death trap of traffic for young kids. Our only choice has been to move onto the elementary campus, and hopefully some day soon the secondary campus as well. We have a few used boards and a group of kids who just want to skate in a place where flat ground is a dream.
Right now we have a flat covered area and a crate we found on campus and a few broken benches anything else around. Even here the dream is alive.